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May 16, 2003

For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Lynn Johnson, Parks and Recreation Director, 441-8265

Proceeds from 2001 sale also used for new
East Campus park and Northeast Community Park

Mayor Don Wesely today announced the acquisition of 55 acres of new park land near West Van Dorn Street and Coddington Avenue, just east of historic Pioneers Park. The land was purchased from the State of Nebraska for $5,000 per acre. Part of the funds used for the acquisition came from the sale of 2.31 acres of land at Holmes Golf Course to Talent+ in 2001.

“The purchase of this land was guided by the Comprehensive Plan, which identifies a new community park site to serve future growth in southwest Lincoln,” said Mayor Wesely. “The site, at the west end of the Bison Trail, is easy to access by arterial streets and is well suited for development as a community park. This will be an excellent addition to our parks system that families will be able to enjoy for many years.”

City Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson said the master plan for Pioneers Park does not include sports fields. “Acquisition of this park land gives us the opportunity to develop sports fields and additional day use facilities in close proximity to Lincoln’s premier park,” Johnson said. The development also will include a playground and parking as well as a pump station for the Lincoln Water System to assist with providing City water service to the area. No timeline has been established for development of the park.

Talent+, a human resource consulting firm, is using the land acquired from the City for expansion. The City’s proceeds from the Talent+ sale also are being used to purchase a new neighborhood park site in the East Campus neighborhood along the MOPAC trail, and a portion of the new Northeast Community Park and Sports Complex at 31st Street and Leighton Avenue.

In addition, Talent+ is replacing an outdated maintenance building at Holmes Golf Course. The sale of land to Talent+ followed administrative regulations and was approved by the City Council

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